Veterans Day 2014 / How and Why I Joined the U.S. Army

John H. Golden, Sr.
John H. Golden, Sr.

My father was a Marine and my mother a Department of the Navy civilian.

I was graduating high school during the Vietnam War years. I wanted to go to college. My father said NO to helping me pay for college.

OK, so … the military offered college tuition if you joined. Being the son of a Marine I went down to talk to the USMC recruiter. He wasn’t in. That night I told my girlfriend and she went ballistic. NO, no, no … she said that I wasn’t going in the Marines … to set me straight she called a family friend that knew all about the military and asked him to call me.

Her friend was an Army recruiter. It never occured to her to ask how he knew so much about the military.

My father: John Henry Golden Sr, 1934-2001, Korean War Vet, USMC

I went on to serve in the U.S. Army from July 5, 1974-April 1, 1996.

 

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